Goblins, ghosts and ghouls are everywhere. The shops are filled (but are now being quickly depleted) with candy corn, chocolates and sugary treats. Halloween is upon us, and kids and families everywhere are ready to flood the streets this week in a free-for-all to get the most candy in the least amount of time!
This Halloween, look around and you’re bound to find materials that can be repurposed. Incorporating some green ideas in your Halloween preparations can go a long way towards reducing emissions and your carbon footprint. Let’s make this holiday as “eek-o-friendly” as possible! Below, find some of our top tips for a green Halloween:
If you’re still in the undecided group without a costume, why not make your own with materials lying around the house. Old jeans and tee shirts, baseball caps, scarves, scraps, recycled boxes, construction paper, etc. are great materials for making creative, fun costumes. Check out these fantastic recycled costumes for ideas to spark your creativity. If you need some props or accessories to complement your look, take a quick trip to your local thrift store.
Decorate your entryway and “haunted house” with natural items, such as leaves, gourds, squash, and pumpkins. Think of purchasing a ceramic pumpkin this year – one that can be used for years to come.
Trick or Treat:
At the risk of being “that house” that hands out apples or healthy food on Halloween, consider the following “green” snacks that may be more in keeping with the neighborhood kids’ expectations: organic agave sticks, real fruit strips, raisins, organic dark chocolate, organic licorice, roasted pumpkin seeds, or rice krispy snacks.
Finally, be sure to go over this list of Halloween safety tips before heading out to haunt the streets. Halloween is supposed to be scary… not unsafe!